Dead Man's Handle Cocktail

Dead Man’s HandleWe are going to make a Dead Man’s Handle Cocktail. I think it is the best name for a cocktail I’ve heard in a long time, except for maybe Satan’s Whiskers. Anyways, the dead man’s handle is actually an emergency shutoff function invented for trains. When the conductor raised his hand off this switch, it would automatically un press and shut down the train so that if the conductor was ill or dead, the train would stop safely.

However, this Dead Man’s Handle Cocktail first came to my notice by Steve the Bartender’s video, but before we make the cocktail let’s talk about the ingredients. The first thing we’re going to use is our Aperol; this orangey goodness that’s full of herbal notes and sweet bitterness is perfect for this cocktail. The next thing we’re going to use is a little bit of Blanco Tequila, aka Silver Tequila or White Tequila. In this case, I am using Altos America; now, we will use a homemade or Orgeat Syrup, an almond, and orange syrup; we also need lime juice. Now, if I have enough lime leftover, we’ll use that as a garnish as well, but the proper garnish for this is Tahini, a Mexican spice.

Dead Man’s Handle

Dead Man's Handle

How to make a Dead Man's Handle. This cocktail has one of the best names ever. Its named after the emergency safety switch in a train called "a Dead Man's Handle". This drinks contains both Aperol and tequila in a way that is reminiscent of a Margarita. Try it out and Let me know what you think.



  • Add all ingredients to the shaker tine.
    1.5 oz Blanco Tequila, .75 oz Aperol, .5 oz Orgeat Syrup, .5 oz Lime Juice
  • Dump all contents into your glass and add crushed ice.
  • Garnish with a lime wedge and some Tajin Spice.


Serving: 3.25oz | Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 17mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg


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